The movie Aanken was based on a Gujarati play Andhalo Pato. Aanken featured popular Bollywood actors like Akshay Kumar, Arjun Rampal and Paresh Rawal in the lead roles while Amitabh Bachchan played a villain. Khiladi Kumar and Arjun had already rejected the roles. Director Anees Bazmee had also approached John Abraham to replace Akshay and he was to portray the role of a blind man.
Sources revealed, “John and Anees were keen to work together for Aankhen 2, post Welcome Back, but the actor’s date diary was in a mess post his injury on the sets of Force 2. He had to recuperate from his injury for a few weeks leaving the Force 2 schedule in disarray. Also, producer Gaurang Doshi could not afford John’s price after he hiked it to 12 crore, post the success of his last film. The makers, including Anees, tried to negotiate with John to bring his price down, but he was adamant. The makers are now looking for another A-Lister for the role.”
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan will also be seen in a villainous avatar in this movie. We hear that Anil Kapoor is also a part of the film. As per the reports, Katrina Kaif was offered to play the lead role out of the two heroines.